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My one week old only nurses for 10 minutes at a time - I've tried everything to encourage him to nurse longer but he's not having it. He nurses every 2 hours. He had a checkup yesterday and has gained 6 ounces since birth which is great, and his ped says I'm doing everything right...but I'm still worried he might not be getting enough hindmilk. Any thoughts? Is this okay or should he really be eating longer?
 

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As long as he's gaining weight and has adequate wet and dirty diapers, it's fine. I know the anxiety, though. My second child is this way, a very efficient nurser! My first would be latched on for half and hour or 45 minutes sometimes, but my new baby would go 5-10 minutes! And sometimes he went 3 or 4 hours without being hungry!<br><br>
I was really concerned that he wasn't eating enough, and I offered ALL the time, but he was getting plenty, The proof was in the diapers, and the way he keeps outgrowing clothes. Now at 10 months he snacks a lot, definitely at least every two hours. I've gotten used to his efficiency, and it's kind of nice knowing that he'll be done quickly when he needs to eat unexpectedly (like when we're running out the door!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Just watch his weight gain and his diapers. It's more than likely fine. If he doesn't have explosive, green, frothy poop, then he doesn't have a foremilk imbalance. Offer often, you might sneak a few more feedings in that way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If he's gaining and diapers are fine, don't worry. Babies are smarter than we are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
-Angela
 

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10 mins sounds good for that age. Is he sucking and swallowing continuously throughout that time?<br><br>
An LC told me a baby can empty a breast in 10-12 mins so they can get enough hindmilk in that time.<br><br>
He's putting on weight so you don't have any worries. My 2w old is taking 30-45mins on and off to nurse. Not fun at 3am. I'd much rather a 10minute eater <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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